Boxing: After Naveen Boora, Deepak Kumar ensures 2nd medal for India at Strandja Memorial

Last Updated: Friday, 26 February 2021 (16:18 IST)
New Delhi: Indian boxer continued his sensational run at the 72nd as he stormed into the men’s 52kg semi-finals with a dominating 5-0 win against local boy Darislav Vasilev in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Asian Championship silver medallist Deepak looked in complete control throughout the match on Thursday night. He was swift in his movement inside the ring and his speedy footwork did not allow his Bulgarian opponent any chance to score.
 
With this win, Deepak became second Indian after (69kg) to seal a spot in the semi-finals in the on-going tournament and also assured second medal for country.
 
Both, Indians will now face Uzbekistan boxers in their respective last-4 clash on Friday night.
 
Deepak will face a strong challenge from Rio Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov while Boora will be up against Asian Games gold medallist Bobo-Usmon Baturov.
 
Meanwhile, Indian women boxers Jyoti Gulia (51kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg) suffered 5-0 defeats in their quarter- final bouts.
 
Gulia lost to Romanian boxer Lacramioara Perijoc while Kachari went down against the world championship bronze medallist Naomi Graham of USA.
 
Manjeet Singh also lost his 91+kg quarter-final bout against Armenia’s Gurgen Hovhannisyan. (UNI)